Al Rushton of the Ice Devils reaches from behind in an effort to slow the charge of the Port Hardy Bulls' Chad Mackenzie during Commercial Hockey League play Friday in Port Hardy.

Late goal lifts Devils to win

Port McNeill skaters sweep Bulls, Islanders in Men's Commercial Hockey League play

Gazette staff

PORT McNEILL — Ryan Rushton converted a power-play shot from the point with 1:34 left to play Sunday, lifting the Port McNeill Ice Devils to a 5-4 win over the Neucel Islanders in Men’s Commercial Hockey League play at Chilton Regional Arena.

The win capped a weekend of close games punctuated by one blowout as the league entered its final month of competition.

Devils 5, Islanders 4

Al Rushton, Shae Peterson, Bill Rushton and Chris Dutcyvich also scored for the Devils (9-7-2), who frittered away a 4-0 lead before rallying with the game-winner. Bob Wells got the win in goal.

Rory Bondue and Jason Holmes scored for the Islanders. Full scoring info was not available.

Bulls 3, Warriors 3

In Port Hardy Sunday, Shelby Cockell buried a hotly contested penalty shot with 5:04 to play, lifting the league-leading Warriors (10-6-4) into the tie.

Arlo Kueber and Trygg Carlson also found the net for the Warriors, who were backstopped by Jason Saunders. Scott Williams, Chad Mackenzie and Curtis Martyn scored for the Bulls (9-8-2), who had Tyler Fuller in net.

The game featured three ties and two lead changes.

Devils 11, Bulls 2

In Port Hardy Friday, Ryan Rushton and John Murgatroyd each contributed hat tricks in the one-sided contest and Ryan Clark and Mike Chabot added two goals each.

Wells picked up the win in goal and the Devils scored a Rushton hat trick when Bill Rushton tallied a first-period goal off assists from brother Al and son Ryan.

Shawn Patterson and Brad Zealand scored for the Bulls.

Warriors 4, Islanders 2

No scoring info was available from Friday’s game in Port Alice.

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